It’s hot outside, but the air-conditioned studios at the Arkansas Craft School will keep you cool and invigorated with fun and informative classes during the first part of July. The month starts out with a class for woodturners – ‘Native American-style Baskets Turned on a Lathe’. Instructor Jim Adkins creates turned wooden objects that upon first glance look to be authentic, traditional tribal baskets; but instead are constructed from wood, using distinctive turning, and other woodworking techniques. Tuition is $200.00 for the four-day class, and as the class is almost full, please contact the Craft School immediately to reserve your space.
July 9 – 13, traditional woodworker, Michael Langford will be in town to teach ‘Build a Shave Horse, Carve a Spoon’. In this class, Michael will cover the basics of working with green wood to produce a hand-carved spoon, as well as how to build a shave horse – that age old combination of vice and workbench, which is also used in coopering. After building their shave horse, students will then use drawknives and spoke shaves to carve and fashion their completed maple or cherry spoon. Tuition for the five-day class is $250.00.
It’s boating season! More woodworking is on tap for the week of July 16 – 20, when John Van Orman offers his popular ‘Building a Pirogue’ boat-making class. Using contemporary stitch-n-glue techniques, these finished pirogues are sturdier, of lighter weight and more water-tight than traditionally constructed vessels. Students go home at the end of the week with their very own hand-crafted pirogue flat-bottomed canoe, ready for painting and then sailing. Materials fee for the class is $310.00, and tuition is $250.00.
Also during the week of July 16 – 20, Terri Van Orman will be teaching ‘4-Harness Weaving’ at the Craft School’s fiber studio. This is the perfect introduction to weaving on the 4-harness loom, for those who have always wanted to learn to create hand-woven placemats, rugs or cloth for clothing. Students will be creating a sampler of several different threadings combined with many different treadlings; as well as a final, individual project. In addition, intermediate weavers are invited to expand their skills by exploring more advanced techniques such as lace-weave or overshot weave. Tuition is $250.00 for this five-day initiation into the fascinating world of weaving.